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Ben Hunt-Davis’ Speech

Ben Hunt-Davis is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers.

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An inspiring story of winning an Olympic gold medal

Ben Hunt-Davis, MBE, co-founder and co-author of Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?


Who is Ben Hunt-Davis?

In 1998, following another disappointing Rowing World Championships, Ben Hunt-Davis and the rest of his GB Eight rowing team realised that if they carried on doing what they were doing, they would keep getting what they’d been getting – which was a lot of 7th place finishes!

So instead, they decided to approach things differently, critically, asking the same simple question with every single conversation, decision and action they took: ‘Will it make the boat go faster?’.

Along their journey they learned the sustainable, dependable techniques that put them on track for their gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Ben later co-wrote the book ‘Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?’ with Executive Coach – Harriet Beveridge – to show you how to use similar strategies to improve performance in business, or your own life.

Ben’s inspirational story is not only motivational, but practical and applicable to organisations around the world. For over ten years, Ben has been speaking at conferences and has spoken in more than 30 countries.

Ben Hunt-Davis came to our event and ‘wowed’ everyone with his inspirational and uplifting session. Ben is living proof that the only barriers to achieving greatness are the ones we create ourselves, but not only that he helped us with tools and techniques to remove the barriers. Ben is very warm and engaging and the time we had with him and what he covered will stay with us for some time.

Andy Crook, Head of Customer Experience, Royal Mail


What’s the speech all about?

Ben tells the story of the last 24 months leading up to the Sydney Olympics and how the Great Britain Men’s Eights changed as a crew from being a regularly 7th placed boat to a winning one. The story is one of a group of individuals forged into a winning team by following a set of Performance Principles, habitually and consistently, in everything they did. Those Performance Principles were:

– Focus on what’s important
– Focus on performance, in order to get results
– Work together effectively

It is an engaging, motivational and inspiring speech that can be tailored to you and your current challenges and opportunities. The Great Britain Men’s Eights’ collective focus, direction and drive to succeed was captured in the execution of the clear and direct question – ‘Will it make the boat go faster?’.

The simplicity of the question and its implied focus and action consistently resonates with teams and individuals who are challenged to lead themselves and others to simplify process, reduce complexity, innovate and improve performance.

Ben is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the world. Some of the great value of Ben is that he is an ordinary guy who achieved something extraordinary. The presence of a humble man on the stage puts everyone at ease so they can enjoy and relate to his Olympic story.

The speech will take 45 – 60 minutes and is tailored to fit with your key messages. Click below for more information on the speech process and optional workshops to ensure your delegates can immediately begin to apply the ideas.

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